Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Overview

Promoting and enhancing care of older adults

Welcome to the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program website. Our program reflects the unique characteristics of our parent organizations: Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science. Our program builds off the foundation of a unique partnership between academic and public psychiatry. Our fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to mental health service, community-liaison service, and public service, while promoting academic excellence and research.

Why train in geriatric psychiatry?

  • The elderly are the fastest growing segment of the US population, requiring health care professionals with specialized training.
  • Geriatric psychiatry offers the opportunity to work with and contribute to the welfare of a population that has already given a large part of their lives to bettering our society.
  • Geropsychiatrists are in high demand nationally.

Educational debt forgiveness for geriatric fellows

The State of South Carolina offers educational debt forgiveness for fellowship-trained geriatric psychiatrists and geriatricians who practice in South Carolina for five years post-fellowship. Qualified applicants who are selected for the loan forgiveness program receive educational debt repayment of up to $35,000 per year of fellowship training. Preference is given to those completing fellowship training in South Carolina. One hundred percent of our fellows who have applied for this program have received this award.

Download the applications and instructions athttp://aging.sc.gov/providers/Pages/GeriatricLoanForgivenessProgram.aspx.

Highlights of our fellowship program

  • Outstanding, high-caliber fellows
  • Symposia and original research presentations at national meetings (APA, AAGP) by fellows and faculty
  • Diverse fellowship-trained and dedicated faculty who are actively involved in leadership roles within national organizations
  • Supervision and teaching opportunities that exceed national requirements
  • Collaboration across public, private, Veterans Affairs, and community teaching sites
  • Interdisciplinary clinical and teaching interfacing with geriatric medicine, neurology, hospice and palliative care programs
  • Access to the Geriatric Loan Forgiveness Program

Clinical affiliations

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Palmetto Health is affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and with teaching sites at:

  • SC Department of Mental Health
  • Wildewood Downs Retirement Center
  • Senior Primary Care Practice
  • Veterans Administration

Our fellowship offers a comprehensive and varied range of clinical training and systems-based learning opportunities to physicians who have completed an accredited four-year residency in psychiatry and are interested in pursuing specialty training in the mental health treatment of older adults. Fellows receive training and supervision from board-certified and fellowship trained geriatric psychiatrists in a variety of clinical settings, including acute in-patient care, long-term institutional care, community-based care and research.

Our faculty include:

  • Board-certified Geriatric and General Psychiatrists
  • Board-certified Neurologists